NATO blames ‘bad maps’ for drone strike that killed 24 Pakistani troops


Daily Mail
December 22, 2011

NATO have blamed bad maps for last month’s drone strike that killed 24 Pakistani troops at a post close to the Afghan border.

An investigation into the attack concluded that reliance on incorrect mapping information shared with the Pakistani liaison officer resulted in a misunderstanding about the true location of Pakistani military units.’

The US Defence Department said the investigation found US forces – given what information they had available to them at the time – reacted in self-defence and with appropriate force after being fired upon from the direction of the Pakistani border. A NATO spokesman said: ‘The report says we recognise we made mistakes, and that mistakes were also made by the Pakistanis.

‘We have a lot of work to do to improve co-ordination, and we’ve already implemented steps to do that.’

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